Wednesday, 17 October, 2018


Amazon Alexa DOWN: Echo smart speakers not working after major Amazon outage

​Amazon Alexa outage: Digital assistant service suffers 'system issues' Widespread outage of Amazon's Alexa sparks debate of smart home viability
Patty Aguilar | 29 September, 2018, 18:30

Four buttons adorn the lid of the Echo Plus (2nd Gen), giving the user instant control over volume, muting the microphones, and activating Alexa.

The outage raised concerns about Alexa's security - crucial to Amazon, which has ambitions for Alexa to be pretty-much ubiquitous, from playing music or placing orders with the world's largest online retailer.

The company representatives gave us a demo of how the new range can control nearly any compatible appliance in your home with your voice. Hulu is home to several high profile cooking shows, as well as Food Network, making its Echo Show support particularly welcome.

The new model is more compact than its taller predecessor, but this means it's gained a more rotund shape.

Install the WRAL skill for Amazon Echo Once the WRAL skill has been enabled, users can say, "Alexa, open WRAL", or "Alexa, ask WRAL for the forecast", or "Alexa, ask WRAL for the news".

Luckily, one Echo lover wasn't too disturbed about the outage.

Yesterday it was announced that Amazon and Sony have teamed up to bring Alexa to select Sony smart TVs.

'No headlines no weather report no local radio. Rather, it is a device packing Alexa that provides visual, in addition to audio, content. Users can place an Echo Show device in the kitchen, for example, to retrieve written recipes or cook alongside instructional videos. The new Echo Dot and Echo Plus will start shipping in October while the Echo Sub will be available later this year.

Moving into the kitchen, Amazon will be introducing an Alexa-powered microwave and breaking beyond the confines of the house, USA residents can get their hands on an Echo Auto for the dashboard of their vehicle.

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